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in london. it is the uk equivalent of ashford in the u.s. i know that because the two cables down the east coast of africa both have their major london.n from there it is a straight shot. it is a fascinating place. it is in the same spot as the ancient report. -- port. this is the place where the international -- >> where are these undersea cables that you referred to earlier? and by whom? >> there have an telegraph cables across the atlantic for 150 years now. depending on how you count, individual strands or cable systems, there are about eight or 10 or 12 across the atlantic. the current generation was laid in the mid-90s. up until about 2002. they are owned by a few companies. very large backbone companies. they are owned by telecom, verizon, british telecom joining with deutsche telekom. or a couple are owned by companies that only own cables across the atlantic. they bought their people out of bankruptcy out of a larger telecom. -we specialize in new york or london. we will sell you services to another telecom or anyone who meets high-capacity bandwidth. >> what about this pacific? >
centers in the u.s. account for one-quarter to one-third of that, the estimates show. you quote peter gross, a single data center can take more power than a medium-sized town. >> that is right. that work that you mentioned on the electricity usage was done by a researcher at stanford. and the center for dynamics, a london firm. some people ask, is that energy being used all or part of the time. once a data center turns on, it has a steady load. it is always, day or night, whether august, september, january -- they're trying that amount of electricity worldwide according to the best estimates from the best people in the field. >> why does it work the way? >> in part, it is because of the way that this field has grown from a few computers in someone's dorm room or back office, now to these gigantic facilities which so musmuch business depends, and where consumers expect the services to be ready at the touch of a button or a tap on the screen, they have gotten to the point where they turn them on and leave the month. that is why the figure is both so high, but also so continuous. >> jame
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